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When Canada was founded, the founders decided to pull letters from a hat to name their new country. The first letter was announced as "C, eh?" The next was announced "N, eh?" and the third was "D, eh?" And so, Canada was born.

DeathQuaker wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad actually wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
They're not bad, but I'm going to have to go ahead and say that they don't quite match up to Herr's ketchup chips. Utz extra dark pretzels are fantastic, though.
I still don't understand the appeal of ketchup and all-dressed chips. I suspect it's a Me thing, as I rarely have ketchup with fries either.
Considering I grew up here, it might be a cultural proximity thing...
Not sure I'm getting the reference. I thought tomato ketchup was popularized in Pittsburgh and Herr's is in southeastern PA?

Ketchup chips are huge in Canada, and Herr's is a pretty popular brand all through New York state.

"Don't mess with me, lady. I've been drinking with skeletons."
- Hellboy, The Island (2005) by Mike Mignola

William Roper (Corin Redgrave): "So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!"
Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield): "Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?"
William Roper: "Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!"
Sir Thomas More: "Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!"
- A Man For All Seasons (1966)

captain yesterday wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
As for the $5, I blame California community colleges. The cafeterias are heavily subsidized, so I’d guess you can get a bowl of decent beef stew at the DVC Cafeteria.
Yeah, no, you're not getting anything decent from a cafeteria.

Mmm... cold, stiff, rectangular pizza...

lisamarlene wrote:
Actual beef, not "beef" (squeak).

Linked for you.

DeathQuaker wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
They're not bad, but I'm going to have to go ahead and say that they don't quite match up to Herr's ketchup chips. Utz extra dark pretzels are fantastic, though.
I still don't understand the appeal of ketchup and all-dressed chips. I suspect it's a Me thing, as I rarely have ketchup with fries either.

Considering I grew up here, it might be a cultural proximity thing...

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Buying a bowl of "beef stew" for $5 on a street corner in the Bay Area sounds like a great way to find out what cat meat tastes like. Also, a great way to get dysentery.

Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I still don't understand the appeal of ketchup and all-dressed chips. I suspect it's a Me thing, as I rarely have ketchup with fries either.

I'm normally not a fan of ketchup, but in my experience, ketchup chips don't really taste like the condiment--more like a milder salt & vinegar flavor.

Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Not a bad week-o-food, but our menus are beginning to get a bit silly.
Don't let going into positive net worth get into your head!

I was going to say... that looks like an expensive week.

captain yesterday wrote:
If it helps, I only got a 2 day notice. One of the new guys I know was told they're starting on March 18th.

Two days' notice would be bad, considering I need to give at least two weeks' notice to my off-season job so they have enough time to find a replacement for my shift.

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A friend of mine recently made reference to Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem both appearing in the new Dune film by calling it "No Country For Old Fremen." I'm still mad that I didn't think of that one first, almost as mad as when RedLetterMedia beat me to the punch on calling the 2017 Tom Cruise film "Show Me The Mummy."

Still have yet to hear exactly when we're going to be starting for the season. So far, the only word has been "mid- to late March."

captain yesterday wrote:

Well, everyone else called in yesterday, saying it was too cold (it was 11 degrees yesterday morning) so we're starting on Monday now instead.

But I got the work trailers organized.

2 trailers for 4 crews, I'm sure those will stay organized for awhile...

You guys get work trailers?

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quibblemuch wrote:

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

-Arthur Carlson

"The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!"

Prior to his career as bassist and vocalist for the bands Hawkwind and Motörhead, British musician Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister (1945-2015) worked as a roadie for the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Patrick Curtin wrote:
You should roll some crit confirms too .. j/s

Well, I think I just blew all of my good rolls for the rest of the year...

Two natural 20s on two separate threads, and they were for something other than Initiative rolls or Perception checks... everything's coming up Milhouse.

DeathQuaker wrote:
It is a small mercy upon this blighted world we live in that those who live further south and west of me now are able to know the love that is an Utz potato chip.

They're not bad, but I'm going to have to go ahead and say that they don't quite match up to Herr's ketchup chips. Utz extra dark pretzels are fantastic, though.

The way I understood detect thoughts to read was that you have to be concentrating for 3 or more rounds, and the Will save was only for the effect starting on the third round:

Round 1- detects presence or absence of thoughts (no save)
Round 2- detects number of minds and their Intelligence scores (no save)
Round 3- detects surface thoughts (Will save negates)

Basically, for the first two rounds you're just perceiving your surroundings, and the Will save only triggers when you actually try to dig into someone's head.

Normally, I'd just let stuff like this slide, but considering this is a major class feature, I'd rather we hash out exactly how it works sooner rather than later.

In 1889, Generalfeldmarschall Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke (better known as Helmuth von Moltke the Elder) had a recording made of his voice by Thomas Edison. In making this recording, von Moltke (1800-1891), became the earliest-born person whose voice has been recorded, and the only existing voice recording of a person born in the 18th century (1701-1800).

In the recording, von Moltke states (translated from German): "This newest invention of Mr. Edison is indeed astonishing. The phonograph makes it possible for a man who has already rested long in the grave once again to raise his voice and greet the present."

I've never really understood the appeal of Soulslike games.

Best headline I've seen since "Rain Causing Wet Streets":

TIM COMMERFORD on RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's rumored breakup: "I don't know. I'm the bass player."

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"Working with creativity means that day in and day out, doors are slammed in your face. You pour heart and soul into something only to hear back ‘it’s not good enough’ or ‘no one cares.’ This would not be so bad if it was objective feedback about the quality of what you produce. You could go back to the drawing board and try harder. But again… meritocracy in the arts is an illusion. Anything you create buys you a lottery ticket. Winning or losing, though, has next to nothing to do with quality."
- Daniele Bolelli

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"You were such a misfit, you were so interesting and different… But nobody seems to remember being the bully, and I promise you that at some point in your life, you were also the bully. I certainly was. I couldn’t comprehend the senseless sadism of the kids who’d gang up on me, back when I was seven years old with dyspraxia and a speech impediment. What had I ever done to them? How could anyone bear to be so cruel? But somehow, all that stuff went out the window as soon as I encountered anyone lower down the totem pole than I was. My cruelty wasn’t senseless. Other people had been cruel to me, which made me a victim: anything I did was, by definition, fighting back, being brave. After all I’d been through, didn’t I deserve to experience the joys of power? Just a little? As a treat?"
- Sam Kriss

Patrick Curtin wrote:
Hi folks. Another update: coming back from New Orleans I was hit with a massive backlog at work. I hope I will have some breathing space tomorrow to update our battle soon.

No worries, on top of my winter closing shifts at the factory, I had a side job doing some demolition work for a few days, so I was basically a zombie all week.

lisamarlene wrote:
"What f@#$ing moron gave the duck bread?!"

Mitch Hedberg?

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"To foreigners, a Yankee is an American. To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner. To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner. To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander. To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter. And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast."
- E.B. White

"Adding a hook to a bad song gives you a bad song with a hook."
- unknown

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NobodysHome wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:

i certainly hope that GothBard gets the good word today, NH!


** spoiler omitted **

I've actually neither read the graphic novel nor seen the movie; it's on my "eventual To-Do" list.

The graphic novel is one of my all-time favorites. The movie... not so much. Solid performances from the actors, but the film seemed really dumbed-down compared to the book.

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I really like the Omdura class. One of the stipulations for my friend's campaign is that all PCs had to be of good alignment. My ex didn't want to go as extreme as a Paladin but liked the Omdura. It draws its spells from the Cleric and Inquisitor classes and has some nice built-in abilities of its own.

I skimmed the PFSRD entry, and it looks interesting, even if the name sounds like a blood pressure medication.

The English nouns palate, pallet, and palette are homophones, and are often confused in writing. However, the three words have not only different meanings but different etymologies:

Palate: 1. The roof of the mouth. 2. (figurative) A person's ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavors.
Etymology: derived from Latin palātum "roof of the mouth"

Pallet: 1. A portable platform on which goods may be stacked for transport. 2. A makeshift bed.
Etymology 1: derived from Old Norse pallr "platform"
Etymology 2: derived (through Old French paille "straw") from Latin palea "chaff"

Palette: 1. A thin board on which a painter lays and mixes colors. 2. (figurative) The range of colors in a given work or item or body of work.
Etymology: borrowed from French palette (pale "blade, vane" + diminutive ending), derived from Latin pāla "shovel, spade"

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Looks like another demolition job is starting up, which means another 70-hour work week starting on Monday...

Ragadolf wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Well, there is the small matter of Orcus/Tenebrous to settle. That might take another few years, real time. Then we can think about Ace and his giant extraplanar undead city fortress.


Very, VERY true. ;P

I managed to dig up a PDF copy of Return to the Tomb of Horrors, and have read or skimmed most of it. First off, man that adventure is a long hard slog. It doesn't even look fun to play, especially considering that a full 1/4 of the module is literally just an insert of the original Tomb of Horrors partially converted to Second Edition.

There is some interesting lore there, though, and I did manage to tease out one potentially relevant bit: Acererak can possess/control any undead creature, including intelligent undead.

Lots of owls on this thread all of a sudden...

I'm not going to be doing any feasting, or watching owls. Mostly just listening to records and hoping my neighbors don't make too much noise.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
I read that as esophagus and was horrified.

I would assume that The Roaming Esophagus belongs to the same genre as Trail of the Screaming Forehead and Return of the Nose of Dr. Verlucci.

NobodysHome wrote:

Shiro's solution is to require that every new law or policy be vetted by gamers actively gaming and trying to out-compete each other.

There is no quicker way to find the exploits and failures in your policy.

Rule by MTG tournament grinders? I'm honestly terrified.

"I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to too."
- Mitch Hedberg

Also, because my character wouldn't say it, but I absolutely would...

Justin Case wrote:

That's great! Actual physical contact! Can you move?

Patrick Curtin wrote:

Fun fact. Acererak is a priest of Orcus as well as a wizard.

A star fall
A phone call
It joins all


Does this mean you didn't plan that from the beginning? I was assuming that's why you tied Alessia's backstory into the Tomb of Horrors, considering we're playing through Dead Gods.

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NobodysHome wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:


Well, I left work at my usual time, and got home at my usual time, despite the bus stopping all the way down the bottom of the hill. I was not wearing suitable footwear, though, so got very wet feet which is something I particularly dislike .

This is one of my brother's favorite videos from living in Seattle.

The Fast & The Furious: Seattle Drift

Ragadolf wrote:

While it would be fun to curb-stomp Acererak in one fell swoop, :)

lets be honest, I dont think anyone was actively thinking of THAT when Alessia was rolled up.
(Although if Dave WAS thinking along those lines, Good for him! I dont think that far ahead!) ;P

Yeah, I'm not that smart. My entire design process was "build a damage sponge maximizing DR and resistances at 10th level," and for a character concept, "I dunno, maybe an undead paladin?" I put together a stat block and some concept art, sent them over to Patrick, and he came up with the entire backstory.

As far as where to go from here is concerned, I sent Patrick some very loose ideas a week or two ago, but I'm up for pretty much whatever. You guys are far better writers than I am, and definitely more creative. I'm just happy to be along for the ride.

Melchizedek. wrote:
“Scr3w you, pally”

Vic? Is that you?

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